Hypotension

Do you know blood pressure does not always stay the same? When you sleep, it comes down and rises when you wake up. While you have heard about hypertension or a state of high blood pressure, hypotension can be extremely dangerous too. Are you wondering what is hypotension? Well, it is a state of low blood pressure. A normal person has a blood pressure of 120/80 mmHg. However, people with a blood pressure of about 90/60 mm Hg are known as hypotensive. The first number represents the pressure when the heart beats and fills arteries with blood. The lower number indicates the pressure when the heart is at rest between beats.

Digital blood pressure monitor shows hypotension

Symptoms of Hypotension

When your blood pressure comes down to a dangerously low level, it may cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Low blood pressure may result in the lack of sufficient blood flow to the heart and other organs. You may experience a sudden drop in blood pressure if you suddenly rise from a resting position.

The term used to describe this is postural hypotension. Some of the most common symptoms of hypotension include nausea, fatigue, fainting, dizziness, lightheadedness, cold, breathing difficulty, palpitations, and blurred vision.

Causes of Hypotension

Hypotension may be caused due to a prolonged state of bed rest, pregnancy, stress, dehydration, or a medication side effect. Older adults are at a high risk of orthostatic and postprandial hypotension. People who take certain medicines are more vulnerable to hypotension. Some groups of people suffering from certain conditions, such as central nervous system disorders, are at a high risk for hypotension.

  • If you are immobile for long periods, you are at an increased risk.
  • If you are out in extreme heat for long periods, you could experience hypotension symptoms.
  • Pregnancy may also cause hypotension in most women. The symptoms usually go away after delivery.

6 Home Remedies for Hypotension

Sometimes symptoms may get serious and require medical attention. The goal of hypotension treatment is to bring blood pressure back to the normal range. There are, however, some home remedies for hypotension that can help keep your blood pressure within the normal levels, with little or no side effects. You may want to avoid taking over-the-counter pills to reduce the risk of adverse events. If you have hypotension symptoms, it is advised to sit or lie down, with the feet above your heart level. The purpose is to improve blood flow to the heart.

  1. Healthy Snacking

If you have a habit of eating carb-rich heavy meals, you are at a high risk of hypotension, as blood pressure may drop suddenly after a meal. It’s a good idea to sneak in snacks between major meals to prevent a drastic drop in your blood pressure. By eating smaller, low-carb meals at regular intervals, you will learn to eat in moderation instead of depending on carb-heavy large meals.

  1. Adjust Salt Intake
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Your body needs an adequate amount of salt every day for its proper functioning. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests a teaspoon of salt daily for an average person (2,300 milligrams), in addition to what you get from natural sources. Adjusting your salt intake might help you fight hypotension symptoms. Of course, any increase in your salt consumption should be under physician supervision.  Keep some amount of salt with you when you choose to go out. A glass of lime with a pinch of salt can boost your blood pressure on a hot day.

  1. High Fluid Intake

You may be surprised to find that dehydration could be the culprit behind a hypotension episode. So it is a good idea to increase your fluid intake to prevent signs of low blood pressure. Or you could add electrolyte-packed drinks to prevent hypotension symptoms. A glass of water is a quick home remedy for hypotension. So it is in your best interest to stay hydrated and drink loads of water every day.

  1. Perk Up With Caffeinated Beverage

One of the quickest ways to improve your blood pressure is to have a cup of strong coffee. Or you could choose a cup of cola, hot chocolate, or caffeinated beverage to increase blood pressure. It is a good idea to drink coffee with meals if you often experience hypotension. However, you may want to avoid getting into the habit of sipping a cup of coffee every day to avert long-term effects of caffeine.

One study finds that caffeine could help prevent a postprandial drop in blood pressure in older adults. So ending your meal with a cup of coffee might be useful in tackling low blood pressure.

  1. Basil and Licorice Root

A rich source of vitamin C, holy basil leaves extract helps reduce stress and tension and balance the mind. Since it comprises magnesium, pantothenic acid, and potassium, basil helps raise the blood pressure in hypotensive people.

Here’s how you can use basil for hypotension.  Extract the juice from basil leaves and mix with a teaspoon of honey. Enjoy the hypotension home remedy on an empty stomach every day for better blood pressure management.

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Low blood pressure causes cortisol levels to drop. Cortisol is the stress hormone. Licorice root can freeze the adrenaline enzyme that interrupts cortisol production. As a result, it helps enhance the production of cortisol. So licorice can be used to treat low blood pressure and support robust adrenalin function.

  1. Raisins and Almonds

Did you know raisins or dry grapes are an excellent natural remedy for hypotension? Raisins work on the adrenal gland and support the adrenal functioning, helping maintain blood pressure. How to take raisins as a remedy for low blood pressure?

Soak raisins overnight and eat them the next day on an empty stomach. The remedy gives amazing results within a month.

Always carry a small bag of nuts, including raisins, almonds, and hazelnuts, when you go out. Pop a few nuts as soon as you start to feel bad or experience low blood pressure symptoms. Nuts act on the adrenal gland and help control low-pressure levels.

Soak almonds overnight. Next day peel off the skin and blend them into a smooth paste. Mix the paste in a cup of boiling milk. Enjoy the delicious milk every morning to treat hypotension symptoms.

Try these home remedies for hypotension to manage blood pressure.

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Ravneet Kaur

A health aficionado herself, Ravneet has been researching and writing on emerging health and wellness issues for over a decade. With a focus on healthy living, she has been an ardent lover of nature, who believes in holistic ways of healing. Her areas of expertise include women’s health, diet and weight management, healthy living, alternative healing, and mindful parenting. She is working with non-profits to spread awareness about healthy eating habits, fitness goals, and lifestyle disorders. Ravneet also blogs at wellnessguide.com
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